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Grand Canyon and Sedona Tour

Highlights

  • Experience the best hikes in Grand Canyon and Sedona in 6 days!
  • Hike 3 South Rim trails, each with distinct character, views and features
  • Learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of the Grand Canyon
  • Return to the Rim each evening for showers, relaxation and comfortable sleeping in a hotel 10 minutes from the South Rim
  • Eat dinner at the historic El Tovar Hotel at the edge of the South Rim
  • Enjoy an outdoor sunset dinner at the edge of the Canyon (weather permitting)
  • Explore Sedona's red rock canyons, spires, monuments, buttes and towers
  • Enjoy premier lodging and fantastic meals in and around Sedona


Description

Join us and experience the very best of Northern Arizona from a hiking and outdoor perspective! If you love to hike and want to experience a diversity of scenery, world-class destinations, pristine canyon country landscapes, and truly amazing trekking, look no further.

We begin this trip with 3 days exploring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. We will go on day hikes on famous South Rim trails full of history and panoramic views and return those two nights to a hotel just minutes from the South Rim. We then will travel south to Sedona's Red Rock Country for 3 days of hiking, relaxing in deluxe accommodations and enjoying charming Southwestern meals.

If you are seeking to indulge in the wonders Northern Arizona has to offer, this trip is for you. You get a comprehensive experience of Grand Canyon and Sedona all in one trip while we handle the details for you each step of the way. All you have to do is enjoy the hikes, soak in the views and relax!

Join us and experience the Best of Arizona! Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book your spot today!

Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District.


 


Grand Canyon & Sedona Tour Photos

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to the South Rim: 1.5-2 hours Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 2500 feet

The Grand Hotel or Squire Inn (or equivalent based on availability)

We start this Grand Canyon and Sedona hiking tour with pick up at your hotel (2017 in Flagstaff, 2018 in Sedona). We'll have a breakfast on the road and drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The initial views are sure to blow you away! Our first hike will be down an amazing trail that descends the spine of a spectacular ridge and allows for BIG Grand Canyon views as the ridge drops off on both sides and in front of us. It is the trail to do if you’re looking for some of the best panoramas in the Grand Canyon. These panoramas and the moderate nature of the hiking make our hike one of the most photographed trails in the country and a fantastic first day for us. Possible sightings of California Condors and desert bighorn sheep, as well as truly fascinating geologic history will round out the day.

After our hike we'll check into our rooms, get cleaned up, and return to the rim for dinner in a restaurant at the edge of the Canyon.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 1700 feet

Accommodations: The Grand Hotel or Squire Inn (or equivalent based on availability)

Built by the Santa Fe Railroad as a route to Hermit Camp, today's trail leads us through fossil beds in the limestone and sandstone formations to Waldron Basin. From the high desert valley of Waldron, we will continue hiking along the top of the Red Wall with phenomenal views into a deep, seemingly bottomless canyon. One of the great highlights of this hike are the 260+ million year old reptile prints, complete with the swish of the creature's tail, permanently etched in a slab of sandstone next to the trail. This is a great hike to see a far West view of the Grand Canyon.

After our hike, depending on the time we will return to our hotel and clean up or move directly into our sunset dinner on the rim. You will relax while your guide prepares an outdoor meal at one of the best views in the Canyon. Tonight's dinner is one of the experiences on this trip that earn the highest remarks!


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 2500 feet

Shuttle to Sedona: 3 hours
Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn (or similar equivalent)

After a quick breakfast and a packing up of camp, we'll drive a short distance to Grandview Point and the jumping off point for our amazing hike on the Grandview Trail! As the name implies, phenomenal views abound on this hike! You can see for more than 100 miles on a clear Grand Canyon day from this trail. Originally used by native peoples of the Grand Canyon, the Grandview Trail as we know it today was built as access to the Last Chance Mine when copper was discovered on Horseshoe Mesa in 1890. Along with prehistoric sites, much of the old mining operation remains, including the original miner's cabin walls and fireplace.

After our hike and some lunch, we will enjoy the 3 hour scenic drive through stunning Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona where, after checking in and settling into our accommodations, we will cap the evening off with dinner at a local eatery with sunset views and the option to experience some of Sedona's artisan shopping districts.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 3-7.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 500 feet
Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn (or similar equivalent)


The first day of the Sedona portion of our tour is a warm-up hike: 3-7.5 miles on one of Sedona’s most scenic hiking routes - Cathedral Rock. We begin near Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, two of Sedona's most prominent and beautiful landmarks, and quickly climb several hundred feet into layered shelves of red rock sandstone. We'll stop to appreciate and learn about all the different types and uses of desert plants in the area. Half-way into our hike we'll reach Cathedral Rock, a stunning, nearly 1,000 foot tall sandstone monolith.

We'll rest in the shade of cottonwood trees lining the banks of Oak Creek, along the northwest side of Cathedral Rock. Your guide will prepare a tasty lunch and share some of the native and indigenous history of the area - this very spot was once a fertile hunting ground.

After lunch we'll complete our hike among the towering cliffs, sheer pinnacles and pristine canyons of Sedona. We'll shuttle back to our hotel, relax for an hour or two, and then depart for a wonderful dinner in Sedona.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 8.8 miles (optional day hiking)
Elevation Change: 2250 feet
Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn (or similar equivalent)


After a well-earned sleep we'll head north to conquer Sedona’s highest peak at 7,122 feet!

On today's hike we're immediately transported to an entirely new character of landscape - the ecosystem is lush, with tall, deciduous and coniferous trees. Towering red and white sandstone spires protrude from the mountainside, and provide stunning views as we ascend to the summit of Wilson Mountain.

On the summit we’re rewarded with arguably one of the best views the Sedona area can offer - a panorama of the beautiful Red Rocks below and Oak Creek Canyon!

We will return back to our lodging to relax before heading out to M Diamond Horse Ranch on the edge of West Clear Creek Wilderness for a rewarding one-hour sunset horseback ride followed by an old-style ranch outdoor dinner.


Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 8.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1198 feet
Shuttle to Flagstaff: 45 minutes


This is one of Sedona’s gem hikes as we walk back in time on old wagon roads (now trails) to a red rock saddle that offers incredible views. This trail, named for the overhanging rock that shelters part of the route from the sun, is a Sedona must-do. It involves exhilarating steps on pure sandstone up Schnebly Hill vistas and panoramic views of the canyons below. This is a great hike to hear the history and story of T.C. Schnebly and his wife Sedona, for whom the town is named after.

After this hike, we will head back to your accommodations and say our goodbyes after an amazing journey through Northern Arizona’s finest areas!


2017/2018 Differences

We are slightly modifying this trip in 2018 due to backend logistics on our end. Beginning in 2018 this trip will originate in Sedona, as opposed to Flagstaff, and we will spend the first 3 days hiking in the Sedona region, the last 3 days hiking at the Grand Canyon. The daily hikes will not change, nor will accommodations or any other listed amenities, activities or logistics.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, hotel availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 5 nights of lodging at a carefully selected local Sedona and Grand Canyon hotels (specifics provided upon request when making your reservation)
  • Meals throughout the tour, including a mix of in-town and backcountry meals
  • A sunset dinner on the South Rim prepared by your guide (weather permitting)
  • Use of a day pack, trekking poles and Microspike crampons during winter months
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Arizona hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Grand Canyon and Sedona hiking tour features a combination of restaurant meals and meals prepared by your guide. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Sedona and at the South Rim as well as a sunset dinner at a scenic spot on the South Rim.

We provide breakfasts and lunches for the trip. For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Microspike crampons when necessary
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

2017
Unless we tell you otherwise, in 2017 you will meet your guide and group at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff (use this reservation page for a 10-60% discount at Little America) for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. We're happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're not staying at Little America, but staying at one of our other recommended hotels. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Grand Canyon Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Flagstaff at an agreed upon time.

2018 In 2017 will meet your guide and group in Sedona for an orientation meeting at 5:00 p.m. the evening before the tour begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before the trip to coordinate the rendezvous, and if you don't have a vehicle the guide will be happy to pick you up for the orientation if you're staying at one of our recommended hotels.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's meeting time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel in Flagstaff or Sedona on the final day normally before 7 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of also 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona elevations vary, but average around 4500 feet elevation, which is considered high desert. It tends to be the most comfortable in Spring and Fall, but Summer and Winter are not extreme and are still great times to hike Northern Arizona. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in the area:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Low
Hi
 
 
January
33°
58°
 
 
February
35°
61°
 
 
March
38°
66°
 
 
April
44°
74°
 
 
May
52°
84°
 
 
June
60°
93°
 
 
July
66°
96°
 
 
August
65°
94°
 
 
September
60°
88°
 
 
October
50°
78°
 
 
November
39°
66°
 
 
December
32°
57°